CoverLetterPPT8309

CoverLetterPPT8309 - M Reber © Cover Letters Your Introduction to a Prospective Employer Cover Letters Overview What a Cover Letter Is Not What a

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Unformatted text preview: M. Reber © 01/12/12 Cover Letters Your Introduction to a Prospective Employer Cover Letters Overview What a Cover Letter Is Not What a Cover Letter Is What an Effective Cover Letter Does Cover Letter Design Cover Letter Content How to Address Difficult Issues Cover Letter Do’s Cover Letter Don’ts Why Write a Cover Letter Sending a Cover Letter 2 What a Cover Letter Is Not Merely a formality or an afterthought to accompany your resume A comprehensive rehash or a summary of your resume A catalogue of all your past jobs or duties A chance to tell your life’s story 3 What a Cover Letter Is Your first contact with the company A complement, not a duplicate of your resume A tool to make you stand out from other applicants Proof that you understand the company’s needs and requirements Evidence that you are qualified, enthusiastic, and talk the talk A chance to briefly explain potential concerns (e.g. work gaps) 4 What an Effective Cover Letter Does Offers you as the culmination of your relevant work experience, skills, characteristics, and strengths Synthesizes your experience to show you to be a sum greater than your parts Markets you as your own unique brand Shows you can communicate well and are self confident and literate Makes the reader want to talk to you Gets you an interview 5 Cover Letter Design Design a personalized letterhead Use 1 inch margins on all sides Left justify (not full) all body text Use single space throughout Use one blank line between paragraphs with no paragraph indentation (except where noted) Ensure a 1 page maximum Print on 24-32 lb. weight professional paper Ensure correct watermark orientation Use a high quality laser printer 6 7 Cover Letter Design Cover Letter Content Reference identification (RE: Job ID in source name) and transmission note (Via Email to job@company.com ) are optional Salutation Find out the name of person responsible for hiring and address letter to this specific person (check online or call company if needed) If name is unavailable, use specific job title of the individual If you can’t identify name or job title, use "Dear Hiring Manager” Don’t use “To Whom It May Concern” or “Dear Sir or Madam” 8 Cover Letter Content (cont.)Cover Letter Content (cont....
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This note was uploaded on 01/12/2012 for the course BUS 61 taught by Professor Reber during the Winter '12 term at DeAnza College.

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CoverLetterPPT8309 - M Reber © Cover Letters Your Introduction to a Prospective Employer Cover Letters Overview What a Cover Letter Is Not What a

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